Summary of Learning Styles
The three most common learning style types are: visual, auditory, and
kinesthetic (hands-on or tactile). Most people have a preferred learning style
which is the way they learn best. Some may have a combination of two (e.g.
visual/kinesthetic). Some may not have a dominant way to learn but utilize
whatever learning style fits a particular learning environment. Regardless of
your particular style or styles, it is important to be able to recognize the characteristics of all three.
- Learn best by seeing information.
- Can easily recall printed information or information presented in pictures, charts or diagrams.
- Have strong visual skills and often look up to “see” information. Used to be called a photographic memory.
- When reading, can make movies in their minds to picture the words or scenes.
- May pay close attention to body language to help understand the spoken word.
- Have a strong sense of aesthetics (beauty) and the things around them (color/shapes).
- When doodling may draw pictures or faces, not just random squiggles.
- Usually more comfortable in classes that emphasize reading and visual presentations.
- Always looking up to see what’s going on. Movement distracts them.
- Learn best by hearing information.
- Can remember information or details from conversations or lectures.
- Will remember what is said rather than who said it or where.
- Have strong language skills, verbal and written.
- Have fine tuned “ears” and noise may distract them.
- Hear tones, rhythm and notes clearly and may be musical.
- Have little problem listening to directions or following lectures.
Kinesthetic (Touching, hands-on)
- Learn best by doing.
- Like to talk things out with others and interact with class.
- Learn best by using their hands and manipulating objects.
- Usually like to work with their hands.
- Do well in activities that involve movement such as athletics or dancing.
- Are often the “wiggle worms” in the group; always tapping or jiggling.
- When doodling, just draw random things; it’s the movement they need.
- Prefer classes they can move around in and participate.
- Have to keep moving or fidgeting to stay focused.
Do the statements corresponding to the results of your learning styles
inventory describe you?